Business Briefs: Fairview welcomes Dr. Nykiel; ‘5 Reasons to Visit Great Barrington’; Lenox 250th committee distributes excess funds; Flying Deer offers programs at new campus

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By Tuesday, Feb 20 Life In the Berkshires
Dr. Jennifer Nykiel has been appointed to Fairview Hospital's medical staff. Photo courtesy Berkshire Health Systems

Jennifer Nykiel, M.D., appointed to Fairview Hospital medical staff

Great Barrington — Jennifer Nykiel, M.D., has been appointed to the medical staff of Fairview Hospital’s emergency department. Nykiel received her medical education at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, and completed her residency in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago. She is board-eligible through the American Board of Emergency Medicine, served as the LGBT Committee chair for the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine, and was the chief resident for the University of Chicago Aeromedical Network. She is a member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Air Medical Physician Association and the Sigma Xi honor society. She has published her work in numerous professional and academic publications and presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ national conference and exhibition.


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Tripveel names ‘5 Reasons to Visit Great Barrington’

Boston — Luxury travel website Tripveel recently published its “5 Reasons to Visit Great Barrington.” The article, a round-up of colorful images from submitted Instagram posts, cites winter sports at Ski Butternut, the creativity at the Vault Gallery, cocktails at John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant, hiking at Monument Mountain and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center as its favorite things about the town.


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Lenox 250th committee distributes excess funds

Lenox — The Lenox 250th Anniversary Committee has announced the final chapter of its celebration: the distribution of its excess funds to the Lenox community.

Since several initiatives raised more funds than were necessary to accomplish its goals, the committee decided to donate the excess to organizations that will directly assist Lenox residents. The money will be divided among the Lenox Ecumenical Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church of Lenox; the Walker Fund of Lenox Memorial Middle and High School; the Period Project in Lenox of the Zonta Club of Berkshire County; and Thelma’s Little Fund of Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Helena’s Chapel.

The committee will hold a reception Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. at the Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker St., so that the public may meet the partners and learn how their organizations will service the requests of the community. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact


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Flying Deer Nature Center launches programming at new campus

Hikers enjoy Flying Deer Nature Center’s new campus in East Chatham, N.Y. Photo courtesy Flying Deer Nature Center

East Chatham, N.Y. — Flying Deer Nature Center will offer its first adult and children’s programs this spring at its new home.

The 164 acres of field and forest at 122 Daley Road will be the setting for daylong nature-education programs for ages 7 to 12, beginning Saturday, March 10, and running one Saturday per month through June. The drop-in Bird Language Club meeting for teens and adults is also being held on the second Saturday each month.

The property, which includes a home and outbuildings, was donated to the center by longtime community members Jeanne and David Laskin, and will be preserved in perpetuity through an agreement with the Columbia County Land Conservancy. Flying Deer is currently implementing infrastructure changes such as trail-building and other improvements to make the land accessible and welcoming for program participants while also ensuring the health and preservation of the woodlands, stream, pond and meadows. A ribbon-cutting and community celebration at the campus is being planned for Saturday, June 16.


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